You need a consultant who understands how schools operate. With a wealth of practical experience across state and independent schools, I understand that every school context is unique and will work with you and your staff to support school goals.
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SENCO Mentoring Programme and New to the SENCO Role course now available virtually
Available free for a limited time: View my article - Learning in Partnership for SEND
Being a SENCo is a demanding specialist role and it takes time to learn the expertise required. We offer one-to-one support for new SENCos.
We will first take the time to understand the context of your school and staffing and will ensure a bespoke approach to ensure a confident, effective SENCo.
A comprehensive review of SEND processes and provision at your school. This is important to ensure the best possible provision for SEND students. It can be useful for restructuring SEND systems and bringing them in line with Code of Practice, 2015 requirements as well as preparing for Ofsted or ISI inspections.
Effective leadership of SEND teaching and learning is integral to the progress of SEND students. We offer a bespoke approach to SEND CPD from developing your own school 'SEND conference day' to SLT SEND leadership training or departmental/pastoral team workshops.
Whole school, small group or individual CPD programmes on effective inclusive teaching strategies or specific areas of SEND such as autism, dyslexia, ADHD.
SEND Change Management
With a wealth of experience supporting SEND change management projects we understand that each context will be different. We will help you to structure a plan for change in line with your school culture and can provide ongoing support to key staff to make it happen.
Education, Health and Care Plans
We can offer support in all aspects of SEND law.
Working with SENCos: we can support your SENCo to streamline systems and successfully apply for EHC plans.
Working with parents: we can provide advocacy and mediation to ensure a co-produced plan of provision for SEND students at your school
'The sessions were practical, motivating and informative. They were tailored to my school context and my experience. I felt energised and positive after each session'
"With Spotlight's expertise and experience we are now able to boast streamlined and efficient processes which centre around the child and are fully compliant with all the regulations."
'We were delighted that the work Spotlight Education Support did on helping our school to transform its processes and systems with regards to SEN. Our school had lagged behind the times in terms of the changes to SEN, e.g. the Code of Practice was not implemented and with Spotlight's expertise and experience we are now able to boast streamlined and efficient processes which centre around the child and are fully compliant with all the regulations. The consultancy work that Spotlight conducted was invaluable to this process and we would not be in such a fortuitous position now, had it not been for the care and attention that Spotlight brought.'
Assistant Headteacher at a Secondary School, London
"I couldn't have asked for a better mentor to introduce me to the challenging, complex, but deeply gratifying work that comes along with the SENCo role."
Liz is a highly skilled and knowledgable professional, with a deep commitment to supporting children with SEND. Her advice and support were invaluable in my preparation for the SENCo role, and have ensured that my first year has been both manageable and free of crisis. She is organised, methodical, and has great compassion and empathy for children who fall under her remit. I couldn't have asked for a better mentor to introduce me to the challenging, complex, but deeply gratifying work that comes along with the SENCo role.
Assistant Head/SENCO - Personalised Learning
'Interactive sessions were well received by our staff who felt confident to takeaway strategies and put to immediate use'
'We worked closely with Spotlight Education Support to develop our continuing professional development (CPD) programme at our school (Independent, mixed, 4-18). Many of our teachers felt that initial teacher training had lacked depth and rigour when it came to providing for students with SEN and, as an SLT, we were frequently asked to provide targeted CPD on SEND issues which would have an immediate impact on classroom learning. Spotlight Education Support created a bespoke CPD programme for our colleagues which was very much targeted at the dominant forms of SEND at our school. Initially, there were a series of workshops which looked at how to effectively differentiate for dyslexic students. The emphasis was on the research and theory behind how dyslexic students learn best and then the strategies to to engage and develop students with this learning profile. These interactive sessions were very well received by our staff who felt confident to takeaway the strategies and put to immediate use. Another programme which Spotlight Education created for us was the SEND Clinic. Small groups of colleagues were given specialist advice to help target individual students who they felt were not accessing their lessons fully. The feedback on the SEND Clinics was overwhelmingly positive from our staff. We are very grateful to Spotlight Education for giving us the much needed opportunity to focus on SEN issues at our school and giving our staff a vocabulary and knowledge base on which to start to have these important conversations.'
Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning at an Independent School in North London